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Dreadful Sorry

Dreadful Sorry

The nostalgia factor for this book was through the roof. I deliberately made myself slow down and savor each page. The book brought me back to days of secretly reading behind the textbook I was supposed to be reading. Those good old elementary and middle school days.

The plot line was almost exactly as I remembered it. Molly has terrible dreams all through her childhood that get worse once she’s forced to take swimming lessons in order to graduate from high school. Apparently, according to my parents, to graduate from high school you used to have to swim a lap across the school pool. As the dreams and the anxiety get worse, Molly decides to head to Maine to visit her father and stepmother and avoid having to take additional swim lessons. But instead of running safely away from her problems Molly is forced to confront them head on when her bad dreams become a new reality. I’m not going to spoil the book denouement for you. You’ll have to read the book and enjoy it first hand.

Now, this book wasn’t quite as thrilling as I remember as a child, you can see the ending coming miles before you get there, but it’s a solid piece of YA fiction. The author does amazing foreshadowing and creates for actualized and fully developed characters. The atmosphere in the book is fantastic. It really adds to the suspense and growing sense of unease as the novel progresses. Who can resist a good ghost story.

The funniest part of the book for me was the author’s take on Californians, being a native Californian myself. It was a lot of New Age psychic stuff with a wink on the side of, oh you crazy Californians and your weird beliefs. It did make me smile. Apparently as a child I didn’t even notice because I don’t remember those scenes at all.

Overall, I am pleased to say that this is one book from my childhood that I can still enjoy as an adult. Pat on the back younger self for your great taste in literature, well sometimes.

Rating: 4/5

Stay tuned for the next installment in Book Battle 2015! A hint, it’s a book by an author I’ve never read before. Can’t wait. Happy reading!


Looking Back To Yesteryear

Looking Back To Yesteryear

Since reading the Veronica Mars novel Mr. Kiss and Tell, I’ve been feeling nostalgic so I decided to read a favorite book from my childhood for this part of the Battle. The novel is Dreadful Sorry by Kathryn Reiss. I was totally obsessed with this book in elementary school and on through middle school. I must have read it at least 3 times over the course of a few years. I remember being so intrigued by the plot and the characters.

Essentially, from what I remember, the plot revolved around a girl named Molly who suffers from a crippling fear of water and drawing. She has terrible nightmares about something that happens in the past and must find what the connection is between herself and a girl that died many years ago in a different time and place.

Now I’ve always been a big fan of ghost stories and mysteries which is probably why this book appealed so much to me. I devoured R.L. Stein Fear Street novels, Christopher Pike, and Diane Hoh. Novelists that always kept you on your toes and created story lines that sent chills down your spine.

The only thing I hope is that the novel stands the test of time and that I’ll still enjoy it just as much as I did as a child, which is hard. Many of the other novelists have not stood the test of time. Things I loved as a kid I just scratch my head at now. Here’s to hoping this novel will not be one of those.

Happy reading fellow Book Battlers! Let me know what your favorite reads were as a child!